Fer­gu­son pleased with Rovers’ de­ter­mi­na­tion

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

MIL­TON KEYNES DONS 1 DONCASTER ROVERS 2

LEAGUE ONE

DONCASTER ROVERS closed to within a point of fel­low York­shire club Brad­ford City with a 13th win of the sea­son.

Striker John Mar­quis took the praise for a dou­ble strike, but man­ager Dar­ren Fer­gu­son was pleased with the re­ac­tion from his play­ers af­ter trail­ing at the break to a goal from Ike Ugbo.

Fer­gu­son said: “I thought we were very good in the sec­ond half and found a way to win. We were nowhere near be­fore half-time and we needed to change that quickly.

“I was pleased we were only one goal be­hind as we didn’t play with any en­ergy and lost our in­di­vid­ual bat­tles. We changed one or two things and the play­ers re­sponded re­ally well.

“The game be­came very open in the sec­ond half, which I was pleased with for the most part, be­cause it meant we could play into space and look to hurt them on the counter at­tack.”

Rovers saw out six min­utes of stoppage-time to se­cure the win, and the man­ager added: “They had to go for it and had to win the game. We couldn’t re­ally get out late on, but our team put their bodies on the line to make sure we got the win and showed great de­ter­mi­na­tion.

“We knew what to ex­pect, but who­ever we come across are go­ing to have some­thing to play for. I ex­pect a cer­tain level of en­ergy and per­for­mance from my play­ers and I saw that in the sec­ond half.”

Hav­ing won at the next-to­bot­tom club, Rovers re­turn to the Keep­moat to­mor­row to face bot­tom side Bury as Brad­ford en­ter­tain Portsmouth.

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